Veterans

Available to veterans: Genium X3

Available to veterans: Genium X3

The world’s most technically advanced microprocessor prosthetic leg is now available in the UK to veterans and it qualifies for the new funding.

The result of a collaboration between Ottobock and the US military, the Genium X3 increases your mobility and your peace of mind, whether you have an adventurous lifestyle or just want to keep up with everyday activities – like showering, walking and running to catch a bus – without having to worry if your prosthesis can make it through.

An accelerometer and a gyroscope intuitively know where your leg is in space, using technologies from Wii™ gaming systems and smartphones for a virtually natural gait. That means less worry about stumbling or falling and less concentration needed when you’re on the move. Waterproof, extremely robust and good for five days before it needs recharging, the X3 brings you real-world mobility and puts you firmly in control.

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Applying for funding

You need support from your NHS Disablement Service Centre (DSC) to apply for funding. Your application is sent to the Veterans’ Prosthetics Panel, which is responsible for deciding who qualifies for funding.

How the process works

• Your local DSC will assess you and complete the application form. This assessment could form part of a routine follow-up appointment, so it’s not usually funded by the Veterans’ Prosthetics Panel at this stage.

• The panel will review the funding request and give or refuse approval, or seek further information. You can appeal against the panel’s decision.

• If your application is successful, the panel will give your DSC permission to go ahead with your treatment, and the DSC will invoice the panel for the cost of treatment.

• Additional funding above the authorised amount won’t usually be made available, unless extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated.

Please send your completed application form or any queries to How the process works

Any problems?

If you’re having difficulty accessing an NHS Disablement Service Centre, contact your GP in the first instance and then the Veterans’ Prosthetics Panel at veterans.prosthetics@remove-this.nhs.net

A full list of Disablement Service Centres is available through the UK Limb Loss Information Centre

Where can I get my new prosthesis?

You can access this funding from any one of the 34 Disablement Services Centres across England.

Speak to your prosthetist to discuss your options.

Funding FAQ's

  • Who qualifies for funding for prostheses?

    • Any veteran who has lost a limb(s) while serving in the Armed Forces.

    • Any veteran who has left military service, but whose limb loss is attributable to an injury sustained while in service.

    If you’re a veteran who has recently been discharged from the military, you may also apply for funding through your local Disablement Services/Rehabilitation Centre (DSC).

    Veterans who lose limbs after they leave the military or suffer limb loss while in the military but not attributable to service (e.g. in a civilian road-traffic accident) will be able to continue to accessing services as usual through their local DSC, but won’t be eligible for this funding.

  • What will be funded?

    The veteran fund scheme is for treatment that wouldn’t normally be provided by the NHS, including:

    New high-tech microprocessor prosthetic knees, including the replacement of existing microprocessor knees that are more than 5 years old. Products funded include those currently issued at Headley Court, such as Ottobock’s Genium bionic prosthetic system.

    New high-tech prosthetic upper limb(s) to replace existing limb(s) older than 5 years, including products provided by Headley Court, such as Ottobock’s myoelectric prostheses and silicon hands.

    Sockets, suspension and any orthoses required to support a new limb that aren’t normally offered by the NHS.

    Sports limbs, including running blades, aqua limbs and swim feet.